2.2 Treaty of Waitangi and Matters of Significance to Maaori
Section 8 of the RMA states that Environment Waikato shall:
take into account the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi
when carrying out its resource management responsibilities. This directs Environment Waikato to acknowledge that tangata whenua have certain rights conferred on them by the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, and by the RMA, giving them a status which is of a different order to that of the general public.
In addition, s6(e) of the RMA states as a matter of national importance:
The relationship of Maori and their culture and traditions with their ancestral lands, water, sites, waahi tapu, and other taonga.
In addition, s7(a) of the RMA states that Environment Waikato shall have particular regard to Kaitiakitanga.
This section of the Plan therefore seeks to outline ways in which the mana and role of the tangata whenua of this Region can be recognised and a partnership with iwi developed.